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June 3, 2010

Prostitute/Former Model Amanda Logue & Boyfriend Commit Murder, Robbery

James of SLE Photography, a friend and colleague of mine over at Model Insider, blogged about this piece of news I felt was fairly relevant on numerous fronts.  It involves prostitute/former model/porn personality Amanda Logue (a.k.a. Sunny Dae, a.k.a. Mandi Kaye) and her boyfriend, who worked together to murder and then rob a Florida man.  James’ blog entry, along with a slew of information is below (reposted with permission).  I’ve also linked a few other news stories after the repost of the blog, that weren’t available when James wrote his blog.  Please note that some of the links James provides may contain NSFW images and/or porn.

I was contacted today & notified that fairly well known model Amanda Logue, who did adult work under the name Sunny Dae, has been arrested in Georgia on charges of prostitution & murder, and is pending extradition to Florida.

For reasons unknown, Amanda took all her profiles down from Model Mayhem (, unfortunately MM blocks spiders so there’s no archive available), (a sort of Model Insider/MM/OMP site for porn work), OMP, and other sites a few months ago.  Her profile (cited in some news stories) is still up at, where it oddly says she won’t do porn, even tho she’s still listed on several adult company sites under her working name: for instance (both 18+).

UPDATE/EDIT: Amanda had new profiles up under the name “Mandi Kaye” and was actively soliciting work.  For example:

UPDATE/EDIT:  I missed it, she never removed her profile here:

One of the concerns often expressed in debates about escorts is the safety of the photographer, especially with the infamous “boyfriend escort.”  While Amanda was never militant about escorts & was willing to be reasonable in discussions about it and advocate things like checking references or taking another model, she often stated that her PREFERENCE, especially when traveling, was to take her boyfriend as her escort.  While this doesn’t play directly in to what happened here (since this was not a case of an escorted model booking with a photographer thru a site like this), it makes something she said on the topic once particularly ironic:

Its a simple solution…If the photographer does not allow your escort then move on there are others that will…If the photographer does allow a escort make sure you bring someone who knows how to conduct themselves in a professional manner…If your scared don’t bring someone for protection just don’t shoot…It does not matter if you have a escort if your scared you will still be uncomfortable and then the photographer will be uncomfortable also and the results will be less quality work…A escort such as a BF can be a ok experience if they allow the photographer to do his job and if the BF does not have the mind set that he is there for protection…A mature model that is serious about their work should have the intelligence to not bring a gang member or drug dealer or mofia or anyone that will interfere…Also references !!! both model and photographers should take a little time to check out who they will be working with…If they have a reputation of being unprofessional then that should be your first and biggest qlue not to shoot…

(Emphasis added.)

Altho Amanda had removed many of her profiles, she was still actively in touch with a number of models & photographers, including me and my girlfriend.  My girlfriend was scheduled to shoot with Amanda & Amanda’s boyfriend (with him operating the camera) at FetCon.

Apparently, according to that WeSelect profile & the news stories, Amanda’s been running a lingerie shop & hosting lingerie parties and offering herself for sex in addition to her modeling.  This must not have been bringing in enough money, as she scheduled a “sex party” with a Tampa area man and then proceeded, with her boyfriend’s assistance, to murder & rob the man.

As described in the story, she went in to “work” while her boyfriend waited outside.  While in the house, Amanda texted her boyfriend, including one text that said she wanted to have sex in the house AFTER they committed the murder, clearly showing it was planned.  She wore the man out with sex, then while she was giving him a massage her boyfriend came in (according to her), crushed the man’s head with a sledgehammer, then they stabbed him repeatedly before emptying his house of cash & valuables.

This is clearly a fairly rare case, JUST as rare as those of prostitutes who’re occasionally killed by guys who the media reports as being “photographers,” and certainly can’t reflect ALL models who demand escorts, or all boyfriend escorts, but it DOES show that the risk CAN exist for photographers.  Does that mean I think photographers should base their behaviors & choices on it?  No, of course not… because it’s EXCEEDINGLY RARE and outside the boundaries of normal interactions on sites like this.  That’s exactly what the point about this sort of thing on the other side of the coin has always been… it’s irrational to base broad assumptions or poor logic on isolated incidents.

Links to the news stories:

UPDATE: As more info has come to light about this case, it’s clear that this guy was NOT the bf/husband who so many of us in the community have met & known, and sometimes had present when Amanda was working, or at social events.  Turns out she was stepping out on her husband with this guy.  Friends of the family describe him as a “devil” who lured her in to a bunch of bad things. Also of interest is that the “sex party” was apparently videoed, with the police IDing her from the footage, which she left behind.  This makes me wonder about how the victim found her, as some adult models will offer “extra” services or try to skirt prostitution laws by saying that if it’s filmed it’s porn, not prostitution.  I’ll be curious to see how this all came about.  This also shows a major hole in references, since anyone asking about Amanda would have been told that she & her husband were great folks & perfectly safe when, in reality, she would have shown up with this guy and no one would have been the wiser.  This shows trhat even with references you need to keep your wits about you & take reasonabel safety precautions when meeting people.

As usual, Pat Yuen’s also on top of this:

James’ original blog can be viewed at:

More links:

December 10, 2009

Bringing an Escort: The Opinion of an Experienced Hobbyist Model

So Monday and Tuesday I blogged about escorts at photoshoots, and looked at the common arguments that both the pro-escort group and the anti-escort group typically rely on.  In case you missed those entries, they can be found here:

Now, I suppose all of my responses to those arguments are, indeed, my thoughts on each and every one of those arguments.  However, I never really explicitly said which way I waver when it comes to escorts.  So, here you go 😉

My thoughts, on escorts at shoots.

As a model, I don’t need an escort. I’m a big girl, and I check references (amongst other things).  I’d rather work with a MUA than drag someone along who’ll be bored.  I don’t need the distraction… and I don’t bring someone with me to work, to the doctor, grocery shopping, or to the vet.  Why would I need to bring someone with me to a shoot?  Silliness.

I don’t like it when other models (or MUAs or photographers for that matter) I’m working with bring escorts.  I’m there to work, not worry about someone else’s boyfriend getting angry with me, hitting on me, or generally distracting us one way or another (yup, it’s all happened).

I don’t like escorts coming to my M&G or group shoot events.  Unnecessary, for one, and really, and if you’re too scared to show up to a group event at a public place during peak hours without hiring a bodyguard, perhaps you should stay at home with your tinfoil hat on (yes, a model actually brought a hired bodyguard to a M&G once).

I also don’t particularly like working with new photographers who insist I bring someone.  I don’t need another lecture about my safety and how meeting people from online is badnewsbears (note: I met my husband online 10 years ago).  I have parents for that, and even they’ve stopped that BS.

So, I’m pretty much anti-escort.  Sure, I see the need for it in some cases (disabled models or minors, like I mentioned before), and yea, I’ve had a few experiences where the escort was perfectly fine, but frankly, I don’t want to have to worry about it.  Especially when it’s a surprise, and not something I planned on.

December 8, 2009

Bringing an Escort: Anti-Escort Arguments

As a continuation of yesterday’s pro-escort post, where I looked at common pro-escort arguments, today I’ll touch on some common anti-escort arguments.  To make it easier, I’ve continued my numbering scheme from yesterday’s post.

Anti-Escort Arguments
This set of arguments is often used by those who don’t allow escorts.  It’s also often used by those who don’t feel escorts are necessary themselves.  I’ve broken them down and addressed each one individually, continuing the numbering system from above.

16. An escort is a threat to the photographer’s safety.
In some cases, this is true.  I know a handful of photographers who have been at the scary end of an escort (one of whom came face-to-face with the business end of a handgun).  Aside from that, I myself have been at a shoot where an angry boyfriend spent hours glaring at the photographer, and if looks could kill… hoo boy!  We’d likely all have been dead, to be honest.  It wasn’t a good situation.  That particular photographer happens to be a military serviceman trained in combat, so the escort wasn’t a problem… but he has since changed his “escorts are welcome” policy to one of “escorts are not welcome”.  I can’t say I blame him.

Now, let’s remove the boyfriend from the picture for a second and bring in a hired bodyguard.  Sounds ridiculous, but I had a model come to a M&G with one by her side, so it wouldn’t shock me if she (or others) brought them to shoots.  Now, I unfortunately didn’t verify whether or not this chap was armed, but I can’t imagine what would have happened if someone at the M&G made a move towards the model that the bodyguard thought was threatening.  This was at a public place, so it actually makes me cringe to think about!  But imagine if you were a photographer working with a model who hired a bodyguard to escort her on a shoot with you… and you moved in close to her to adjust a piece of hair that had gone astray.  The bodyguard views it as a threat and the next thing you know you’re at the business end of a tackle–or worse.  Not the ideal situation… is it?

There are also numerous stories of escorts who have stolen from photographers’ homes and/or studios.  Smaller things that are easy to grow legs include memory cards, laptops, pocket wizards, lenses, and cash.  But certainly if you were to take inventory of your studio (or home) right now you’d find a lot more that could easily go missing if you weren’t watching a stranger in your home closely for as little as 30 minutes, or as long as 8 hours.  Couldn’t you?

17. An escort can be a threat to the model’s safety.
During the shoot I briefly mentioned in answer 16, the boyfriend asked the model not-so-nicely to change out of a certain outfit.  He asked again a bit later, when she had something else on.  Luckily it didn’t escalate into violence, but it easily could have.

Sure sure, everyone thinks their boyfriends are perfect angels and wouldn’t harm a fly.  Tell that to the model who showed up at the studio of another photographer I’ve worked with.  She had her face beaten in by her boyfriend, who escorted her shoot the day before, because he hadn’t approved of how sexy she’d been acting.  He opted to teach her a lesson with his fists and send her to the studio to make sure the photographer deleted all her photos.

18. There’s no good way to check and verify references on an escort.
Face it, there’s no great way to make sure the model’s escort is who he says he is.  Sure, you can ask her, but really, how are you going to know she’s telling the truth?  You could ask other photographers, but how do you know the guy who was all polite and quiet at last month’s shoot is the same guy that will show up to your shoot?  You don’t.

And then there are people who are just plain dishonest.  Take into the account the story of the model who didn’t want to flake on a shoot, yet had a boyfriend who suddenly had something more important to do besides go to a shoot with her.  Being that she had a strict “I shoot with an escort present at all times” policy, she opted to (are you ready for this) go to a bar before the shoot, pick up a guy who looked big and strong, and bring him to the shoot as her boyfriend.  That particular model opted to endanger herself and the photographer by bringing in a complete stranger… and what makes it worse was that she not only lied about it, but thought it was funny when posting about it on the MM forums later on.

19. An escort can make the model uncomfortable, especially in regards to “suggestive” images.
Been there myself on one of my early shoots, though I wasn’t shooting anything suggestive.  In fact, I was shooting regular clothed stuff… but I spent a large chunk of the time worrying that the friend I brought was bored, wanted to leave, and I ended up having a hard time concentrating on the shoot.  I can’t imagine how I’d have felt shooting a boudior session with a girl friend in the room, and would have been distracted during the same session by the idea of turning my husband on.

20. An escort may try to control or direct the shoot.
An escort may have ideas, and may wish to share them.  Great… except as the photographer, you’ve concepted out the shoot to your specifications (or the client’s), and you don’t care about the escort’s ideas, because it’s not his shoot.  Hopefully when you nicely ask him to pipe down he isn’t the type to get violent…

And as I mentioned in number 16, what if the escort doesn’t like what the model’s wearing and makes her change.  That kinda screws things up, doesn’t it?

21. An escort may mess with the hair and makeup, after it’s already been done, in an effort to “fix” things.
When you have someone on set who doesn’t share your vision and has “the model’s best interest in mind”, but also doesn’t have the qualifications to make adjustments to certain things, you’re going to run into problems.  The model’s job is to model her hair, makeup and wardrobe as she’s told by the photographer/art director/stylists on set.  It is not her job to model her hair, makeup and wardrobe as her escort feels looks best.

22. An escort might try to take photos over the photographer’s shoulder.
I’ve actually been on a shoot where this happened–someone else’s escort was snapping shots of me as I was modeling–and I tell you, it’s annoying as a model, so I can’t imagine how it feels from a photographer’s point of view.  I can imagine though, that it’s rather annoying to do all the hard work of setting up lighting, getting the model’s hair and makeup so that it matches your vision, and then some schmuck steals the shot with his iPhone.  Extra points when he publishes the shot on his MySpace and your client finds it and opts not to work with you again, as you’re releasing unedited shots they’ve paid you for.

23. The model may constantly look to the escort for approval.
The shoot I mentioned earlier (in number 16) may be a good example of this.  The boyfriend was offering his approval whether he was asked for it or not, but clearly (because the model changed out of something he didn’t like) the model valued his opinion enough to agree that what she was wearing wasn’t appropriate.  But what if the person the model brought isn’t her boyfriend?  Chances are, she’ll want to make sure her BFF, her awesome gay friend, or her mother all continue to view her as the perfect person she is, so she’ll constantly look to them to make sure her outfit’s ok, her pose is ok, and her hair/makeup is ok.  Bottom line, it causes a huge, unnecessary distraction during a shoot if the model is constantly looking at someone and silently asking, “is this ok, or will it change your opinion of me?”.

24. An escort will likely ask endless questions.
This will especially be the case if the escort is an “aspiring photographer”.  As a photographer, you’ll get questioned about your gear, your lenses, your lights, your studio, and why you’re wearing all black.  It’s even posssible that your light placement, your methods, and your shoot direction will be questioned.  After all, it’s entirely possible that this aspiring photographer knows better than you 🙄

If the person isn’t someone who wants to be a photographer when they grow up, chances are, you’ll still get questioned.  The questions might be innocent and simply about your equipment, but you might find yourself face to face with someone who wants to search your bathroom and dressing area for hidden cameras.  You could get one of those curious types who likes to touch everything they ask about too, and if they happen to be clumsy and break something, you think they’ll be able to pay for it?

While you may not know the type of questions you’ll get until that person is actually there barraging you with them, why risk it?

25. An escort might get bored and want to leave before the shoot is over.
I see it over and over, “oh my boyfriend comes but he brings his homework to do”.  I remember when I was a student, how much I loved doing my homewo–oh, wait.  No.  I hated doing homework, and always regretted not bringing something else with me to do on long plane rides, bus rides, or when I went home for the holidays. I know that lots of other students are the same way.

That shoot I talked about above (yup, number 16), that guy had brought his homework with.  And his guitar.  And he was plunked in front of the photographer’s TV and told, “we have digital satellite, knock yourself out”.  Yet he still interfered with the shoot.  It’s also worth noting that he had his car there, and could have left to go get food, walk around the mall, or whatever.  He did ask to leave early, but the model denied him that because she didn’t want to be stranded there, she wasn’t done shooting, and none of us lived close enough to her to drive her home.  Thankfully she didn’t give in to his wanting to leave early, because she was essential to one of the concepts we were shooting.

Bottom line is, if you have someone there who’s not part of the shoot and who is (in many cases) forbidden from participating or even being in the same room, chances are, they’ll get bored.  And when they’re bored enough, they’ll want to leave, and you’ll be stuck with a model who either risks being stranded or has to end the shoot early to appease her escort.  Or you’ll risk distractions from a bored, whiny escort.  Blech!

26. Needing an escort increases the flake risk.
If model only will work with one person, especially her significant other, it seriously ups the flake risk.  If, for example, her boyfriend suddenly decides he wants to go out with his buddies and watch the game, she’ll no longer shoot.  Or the boyfriend could decide he just doesn’t feel like going.  Again, she won’t shoot.  Essentially, instead of relying on one person to show up, you’re relying on two people to show, therefore doubling your flake risk.  Why bother?

27. An escort might push the model to go past her limits.
It’s a bit of a spin off of the model looking to the escort for approval, but sometimes, an escort might encourage the model to do something she’s not interested in.  If, for example, the photographer wants the model topless for a shot, and she’s not comfortable with that, she might look to her escort for approval, planning on the escort saying, “no, you shouldn’t do that”.  But if the escort doesn’t realize the model doesn’t want to go that direction (or even has ulterior motives, such as seeing the model’s tits), there’s a chance he’ll side with the photographer and push the model to do something she’ll ultimately regret.  Not cool… especially because some models will then turn around and blame the person who started pushing them in the first place: the photographer.

28. An escort could steal or break things from the studio/home.
This may go hand in hand with the boredom and the asking questions arguments.  You get someone who’s bored and not allowed in the shoot area, and he might wander the studio (or home, as many photographers work out of their homes).  Next thing you know, your wife is wondering where her pearls are, or you’re wondering if you really did take $200 out of the ATM.

You get someone who’s Mr. Questions, and who’s picking things up and asking about them, without knowing how to properly handle them, and the risk of breakage goes up.  Not to mention having someone else on set to trip over wires, knock over lights, and otherwise cause issues likely isn’t a god thing.

It all boils down to two things.  1, having someone you don’t know and can’t keep an eye on in your home/studio isn’t a great idea.  And 2, having an extra body on set who’s not there to work isn’t a great idea.

29. An escort may harass others on set.
The questioning and possibly even breaking others’ items may extend to the MUA or other models.  At a group shot event ages ago, I watched a model’s friend start to rummage through another’s bag (thankfully, mine was locked).  I’ve heard of stories where escorts have contaminated MUA’s kits with their fingers, where items have gone missing from other models or talent on the set, or where, in general, escorts have caused a problem.  Simply not cool.  And really, if there are going to be other people on the set in the first place, why the need to bring an escort?!

30. Another model’s escort may make other models on set uncomfortable/distracted.
It’s happened to me before, getting hit on by other model’s escorts.  I’ve also gotten the stinkeye from Mr. Hired Bodyguard at an event I hosted.  Both accounts, not cool, and totally uncalled for.  And they most certainly made me feel rather crappy during the shoot/event.  In the case of the other model’s escort hitting on me, it wasn’t something the model believed, because her boyfriend loooooved her and would never do such thing :rolls eyes: Uh huh.

Regardless, as a photographer, you need to control your set, and as a model, you have every right to feel comfortable on that set.  Getting leered at by assholes who can’t control themselves doesn’t, in my book, fall under “being comfortable”.

31. An escort is a liability risk if injured during a shoot, especially if they’re assisting/carrying gear when the injury occurs.
Often times, a photographer’s insurance policy may only cover talent on sent, not the talent’s boyfriend, mother, or hired bodyguard.  This means that if someone is injured (from papercuts to pulled muscles, and from falling lightstands to broken bones), and they’re not part of the team creating the image, they’re a liability because they’re not covered by insurance.  Is that a risk you’re willing to take?

32. An escort may insist on being photographed, creating extra work for the photographer.
While it might not always be the escort that insists (especially if it’s the model’s boyfriend), you might end up with extra work courtesy of an escort.  Sometimes, a model might want shots of her and her boyfriend.  Other times, it’s the model’s girl friend who thinks “modeling’s easy and I need new hot pics for MySpace” and insists on getting them taken.  Either way, it creates more work for you, and might not result in anything great.

33. An escort will likely back up the model’s false allegations, if she’s going to make them in the first place.
As I mentioned before, if a model is going to bring someone with her and make false accusations, chances are, she’s not going to bring someone who won’t back her up.  It’s like the friend I had who used to shop lift.  Once I found out she was doing so and threatened to turn her in, she stopped going shopping with me because I wouldn’t back her up if she got caught.  In essence, it’s a “birds of a feather” thing… bad people generally hang out with bad people.

34. An escort may try to act as the model’s manager/lawyer and attempt to make changes to releases, contracts or shoot agreements.
As I noted yesterday, unless the person going over something is the parent or legal guardian of a minor, he or she shouldn’t be looking at the paperwork the model is to be signing.  I suppose a laywer could, but really, why would a model bring a lawyer to a shoot, seriously?  Again, a hobbyist or freelance model needs to be able to read and understand her paperwork, as well as sign it on her own.

35. An escort will dramatically limit who will work with the model.
Bottom line is, the more demands someone has, the less people will work with them (especially when the person making the demands is new).  Often times, a model who insists on bringing an escort either doesn’t work with many people and fades off the face of the Internet Modeling World, or she realizes she’s being held back and lets go of that demand, thus opening numerous doors for herself.

36. An escort provides a false sense of security and professionalism, especially when used in lieu of checking references.
A lot of models who bring escorts for “safety” don’t actually do their homework.  After all, they’ve got someone there to protect them from the bad man, so nothing bad will happen to them.

That’s stupid.  Case in point, a local model who’d gone to a first shoot with an escort, had a great time, and opted to shoot a second time with the photographer.  Since the first shoot was fine, she didn’t feel the need to bring an escort, and hadn’t checked references.  The photographer answered his door in his boxers, and between sets the model caught him with his cock out, going to town.  The model claimed she was “terrified for her life” but waited around for a CD of what they’d shot 🙄  But really, she bought into a false sense of security since her escort had been there before, and hadn’t bothered checking references or anything, and got herself into a bad situation (which ended fine, thankfully).

If someone’s a bad person, and you’ve got someone else there once, they’ll wait until you’re comfortable to not bring someone, and then they’ll show you their bad side.  If they’re a really bad person, they’ll just find room in their basement to bury a second body.

37. An escort on location could attract unwanted attention, especially if shooting without a permit.
A person loitering longer than normal, loudly asking questions or whining about being bored, or otherwise causing trouble, will attract attention of authorities (or people who will call them) faster than if it’s just two people in and out of the location quickly.  A third person (or fourth if there’s a MUA on set) might slow the group down if they need to be out of somewhere quick, and could cause distractions for everyone, making it harder for you to get moving fast if need be.  Of course, it’s also one more person you need to be faster than when running 😉

But seriously, as I mentioned before, if you get into trouble and it’s just you and the model, it’s not a huge deal.  You bring a third person into the mix–one the model is responsible for–and you’re asking for more trouble.  If you agree to pay a ticket the model might get, are you then stuck paying for her escort’s too?

Stay tuned for Thursday’s post, where I give you my take on escorts during my shoots!


December 7, 2009

Bringing an Escort: Pro-Escort Arguments

Ahh yes, the dreaded “E” word: Escort.

In the Internet Modeling World, an escort is an extra person who comes with to a shoot, for the model’s safety.  It’s a subject that comes up often, is always a very heated debate topic, and will never change.  I’d like to touch on a few of the common escort arguments, from the perspective of a seasoned hobbyist model.  To make it shorter, I’m going to break it into 2 sections: pro-escort and anti-escort.  Today I’ll start with the pro arguments, and tomorrow I’ll post the anti ones.  Thursday I’ll give you my personal opinion when it comes to escorts on my shoots 😉

Before I start, there are very few instances where an escort might be required.  A handicapped model, for example, who needs an assistant there to aide with health issues (such as the quadriplegic model Alex N from Michigan, who has someone there to help her at all times).  Someone under the age of 18 might be required to have a parent or legal guardian there at all times.  But really, other than that, there aren’t many reasons an escort must be present.  I don’t consider hair stylists, makeup artists, or other related parties “escorts” as (provided they actually know what they’re doing) they actually add to a shoot.

Pro-Escort Arguments
This set of arguments is often used by those who allow escorts or wish to bring them themselves, either individually or combined in various ways.  I’ve broken them down and addressed each one individually.

1. An escort is for the model’s safety.
That’s great, but shouldn’t the model be doing her due diligence and making sure the photographer is who he says he is prior to shooting, instead of just relying on someone else to make her feel safe?  Chances are, if the photographer’s the type to make someone feel unsafe, the model might still not feel 100% safe, even with an escort there.  And that will be reflected in the photos… which will likely be unusable to her.

2. An escort makes the model “more comfortable”.
It’s really hard to define “more comfortable”.  What might be “more comfortable” for me, might be awkward for someone else, and vice versa.  It’s one of those grey area things that just doesn’t work the same for everyone, and thus is incredibly difficult to define.  Case in point, I brought someone with me to a shoot at the beginning of my modeling career and she (yes, she) ended up making me feel very uncomfortable.  I spent a lot of time worried that she was bored, and worrying that she was worried about me.  I simply couldn’t concentrate properly.

3. An escort can drive the model to the shoot.
This argument is often used when a model doesn’t have a car, or doesn’t drive.  If that’s the case, and the model must be driven to the shoot, the driver can drive her there, meet the photographer/team, and then leave to come back at a predetermined time.  Certainly the photographer can guide the driver to a local coffee shop, sandwich place, or shopping mall to kill the time.

In some cases, some people use this argument to say the model will be well-rested and prepared for the shoot.  But while that may be the case, the previous statement still fits: the driver can drop the model off and come back for her later.  There really is no reason the escort should stay.

4. An escort provides companionship on long trips.
As in the argument in argument 3, the escort can drop the model off and come back at a predetermined time.  Not that complicated, really.

5. An escort can assist with wardrobe, hair, and makeup.
Is the escort qualified to assist with wardrobe, hair or makeup?  If the person is a wardrobe stylist, hair stylist, or makeup artist, then he/she isn’t an escort.  He/she is there to work.  If he/she is just there to “assist” chances are there’s no qualifications, and really, a model doesn’t need someone there to make sure the tags don’t peek out of her shirts, that her hair doesn’t get mussed up, or that her lipstick stays on.  That’s what those people who are supposed to be on set are for… and if they’re not there, it’s up to the model and photographer to monitor those things themselves.

6. An escort can carry the model’s things.
When I pack my things for a photoshoot, I make sure I can carry my bags.  It might take multiple trips to and from the car, but I make sure they’re light enough for me to carry by myself (or that they have wheels haha).  If we’re going on a location shoot, I make sure I bring a small bag that I can put necessities in, and bring with me, and, again, that I can carry it myself.  There’s no reason for me to need someone there to carry my things.

7. An escort can keep an eye open for things like smeared makeup, tags sticking out, etc.
As I noted in point 5, the model and photographer need to be monitoring this themselves.  This means taking breaks between sets, looking in the mirror before stepping on set, and overall just paying attention.  It may also help if the model cuts tags out of her clothes ahead of time, but not everyone likes to do that.

8. An escort can give the photographer and model ideas.
The model and the photographer should have worked out ideas in advance, amongst themselves, if it’s a trade shoot.  If the model is getting paid, the photographer doesn’t need any more ideas from a 3rd party who isn’t the art director.

9. An escort can help get the model in the right mindset.
Often this is brought up when it comes to shoots where the model might need to feel sexy.  If the model brings her significant other to the shoot, he/she can easily help her “get in the mood” to properly portray sexy.  Of course, if the model were any good, she’d be able to portray sexy without being “in the mood”, and she wouldn’t need someone there to help get her in the mood (certainly one can fantasize about someone without them actually being there).

10. An escort can also act as a second model in some shots.
And just how do you know that the escort is going to be able to model well, be photogenic, and not flat out ruin the shots she/he is in?  You generally don’t.  Heck, you don’t even know if the escort will want to model.

11. An escort can act as the photographer’s assistant, moving lights, carrying gear, holding reflectors, etc.
This is generally one of the most argued reasons for having an escort.  Most photographers aren’t properly insured to have some random guy prancing around the studio with expensive equipment which can be dropped, tipped over or otherwise broken or damaged.  Add to that the fact that any injuries received by someone who’s not there to be a part of the shoot may not be covered by insurance, and there’s even more problems to be worried about.

Photographers who need assistants generally have them, and they’re properly trained to handle the equipment so that it doesn’t get damaged or broken.  They’re also on the photographer’s insurance policy in case, for some reason, they get injured while assisting.

12. An escort can act as security or lookout on location shoots.
Generally, security isn’t needed.  If it is, it would be up to the photographer to provide it, not the model.  And if both the model and the photographer feel it’s not necessary, then, well, it likely isn’t.

As far as a lookout goes, it might be handy to have one in some circumstances, but IMO that’s the photographer’s responsibility, not the model’s.  If the model brings someone and says, “he can be our lookout” and they all end up in trouble with the law, who’s to say the model won’t turn to the photographer and say “you got us into this, so you’re getting us out of it”.  Note the “us” not “me”.  Suddenly, the escort is the photographer’s responsibility too?  No thanks.

Of course if you’re working with a model who feels that on-location security isn’t necessary, chances are she’s not bringing an escort with her in the first place anyway.  If she doesn’t feel a lookout is necessary, then she’s not bringing one of them either 😉

13. An escort can help the model with paperwork, such as the release or a contract.
Only in the case of a minor should an escort be helping with paperwork.  Unless the escort is a lawyer… but really?!  A freelance/hobbyist model should be able to read and understand all releases and contracts signed.

14. An escort provides the photographer with protection against false allegations.
This has always been one of those reasons for having an escort that’s blown my mind.  I can’t imagine someone who’s planning on making a false allegation against someone would bring someone with that wouldn’t back them up.

I had a friend who used to shoplift behind my back when we went shopping together.  When I caught her doing it once and threatened to turn her in, you think she ever went shopping with me again?  Nope.  I imagine the same principal would apply for other types of dishonesty.

15. Allowing an escort means the photographer is a “professional”.
I’ve always had issues with this argument as well… mainly because most of the photographers I’ve worked with who act the most professional are the ones who don’t allow escorts.  Sure, they’re all ok with being dropped off, or with a quick phone call during a break, but they’re all not fond of someone being there who doesn’t have a reason to be.  And frankly, I don’t see a problem with that.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I look at common anti-escort arguments.

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